Emma Laycock is completing a PhD in Stem Cell Biology at the UCL Cancer Institute, modelling how leukaemia develops in utero. Prior to this, she worked as a Journal Development Editor for BioMed Central, responsible for a cluster of biotechnology journals. She originally studied Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick. Her degree included an intercalated year at NIBSC and a summer placement at NUI Galway, studying whooping cough and water contaminants respectively. She tweets as @EmmaVLaycock.